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Learn to Blow Glass for FREE!!!!!

BCGC is looking for a few committed volunteers to learn the ancient art of glass blowing. In exchange for 32 hours of volunteer help you will earn a two hour glass blowing class (valued at $60/hour) which begins with how to make paperweights, and progresses on to cups, vases, etc., depending on students’ skills.

There are two tracks towards earning a free glass blowing class.

Apprenticeship program

BCGC’s apprenticeship program allows people interested in glass blowing to get the chance to learn the art on the job while working with experienced glass blowers. As an apprentice you would join our team and help us create the 900+ blown glass pumpkins for our annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, held each year in October.

In addition to learning as you assist, hours spent helping with glass production count towards earning a free glass class. Currently all of our glass blowing is done up in Indianapolis and apprentices commit to a full day to glass blowing. One glass blowing shift counts as 8 volunteer hours. We blow glass 2-3 times a month all year long and glass blowing apprentices are expected to sign on for a minimum of 3 shifts per six month period.

The apprenticeship program requires a commitment of time and energy. If you do not feel you want to commit please take a look at our weekend classes for other blowing opportunities.

Not all applicants will be accepted into the apprenticeship program. Admittance depends on available space, physical ability, and ability to commit the time.

Apprentices are required to attending a hot shop training before being accepted into the program. The next training session will be August 19 from 5:00-7:00pm.We will have another training session in the late fall.

If you would like to apply to this program pleases send an email to our volunteer coordinator, Diana Spoolstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the following information.

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Why you are interested in the glass blowing apprenticeship program
  • Any physical limitations you might have when it comes to glass blowing (these do not impact whether you can be accepted into the program, rather they help us know how to accomidate)
  • Previous art experience
  • Your general weekend availability
  • Other interests
  • Your favorite joke

 

 

Volunteering

If learning on the job sounds hectic and a little crazy to you, but you would still like to learn glass blowing, then you can earn a glass blowing class through putting in 34 hours of volunteer time within the organization.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include:

Clerical help

  • Data entry

Events

  • Staffing events
  • Postering
  • putting out yard signs
  • Packaging glass

Facilities

  • Helping with the studio build
  • Class prep
  • Cleaning
  • Charging the furnace

And more

If you would like to volunteer please contact to our volunteer coordinator, Diana Spoolstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to find out what work is available.

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